Classroom study versus on-the-job development

Bellinger, Alan
July 2004
IT Training;Jul/Aug2004, p6
Trade Publication
In the training world, one must accept that on-the-job training is a fact of life. People who come to a class — be it in the classroom or on the desktop — will have prior learning before they arrive. They'll have watched a peer who's an expert, carried out basic tasks under supervision, or had a role model outside the organization; or more likely nowadays, developed the skills as a result of floor-walking, mentoring or facilitation. In any event, these skills need to be assessed. That assessment needs to show not just whether they have the skills, but also whether they have picked up bad habits through their on-the-job development. After all, that is one advantage of formally developed skills over on-the-job — you can be pretty sure that individuals whose skills have been formally developed will have avoided bad habits. Now there is one class of training that is a consideration for 'attend the class to prove the skills' and that's where the skills relate to a subject that's entirely new.


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